How to Travel to Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu is Peru's most famous tourist attraction and one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World." Located high in the Andes Mountains of South America, the Machu Picchu ruins lure visitors from around the globe. Travel options to Machu Picchu are a bit limited because of the remote location and extreme altitude. Plan in advance to make sure you have enough time to get to the ruins, and see everything that this remarkable Incan palace complex has to offer. Items you will need Hiking Shoes Sponsored Link First Quality Inca Trail Choose the best operator for this Once-in-a-Life-Time experience! www.cusiwasi.com Transportation to Machu Picchu Step 1 Travel by train from the highland city of Cuzco to the base of Machu Picchu. The 70-mile train ride from Cuzco takes tourists along the Urubamba River, while passing through lush valleys situated beneath jagged mountain peaks. Train service does not take you directly to Machu Picchu, but rather to the town of Aguas Calientes at the foot of the mountain where the ruins are located. Travelers can choose from three different kinds of tourist trains from Cuzco to Aguas Calientes. The Backpacker train is the slowest and cheapest option. The ride from the city of Cuzco to Aguas Calientes takes around four hours on this train, as opposed to 3.5 hours on the other two trains. The Vistadome train is a mid-range train with more comfortable seating and a faster travel time. The Hiram Bingham train is the luxury option which includes meals, cocktails, plush seating and a guided tour of the ruins upon arrival. The first two trains depart from Cuzco's Estación San Pedro located on Calle Cascaparo. The Hiram Bingham train goes through the Estación Poroy, located 15 minutes outside of Cuzco. All trains arrive at the Estación Machu Picchu Pueblo in Aguas Calientes. Step 2 Take the bus from the town of Aguas Calientes up the mountain to the Machu Picchu ruins. Purchase bus tickets at the tourist booth adjacent to the market stalls in the center of town. You'll see a large fleet of buses nearby and a steady flow of tourists getting their tickets, making it impossible to miss. The lofty position of Machu Picchu necessitates the use of bus transport to reach the ruins in a timely fashion. Comfortable tour buses scale the winding road up the mountain every 15 to 30 minutes throughout the day. The same fleet of buses also ferries passengers down at regular intervals until the ruins close around dusk. The ride takes roughly 20 minutes and features beautiful views of the surrounding valleys. Step 3 Hike to Machu Picchu via the Inca Trail. This is the more adventurous alternative to taking the train and bus. Referred to by locals as the Camino del Inca, the Inca Trail takes four days to complete and offers some of the most beautiful scenery in Peru. Keep an eye out for Inca ruins spread out along the trail. Make sure you have a sturdy pair of hiking boots or athletic shoes if you plan on walking the trail. The dense cloud forest and steep rock slopes of the Andes Mountains pose a significant challenge, so pack the appropriate hiking gear. The daily number of hikers allowed to access the trail is restricted, and the Peruvian government requires travelers to obtain a permit in advance in order to undertake this trek. Get your permit online at Incatrailreservations.com or speak with a Machu Picchu tour operator to get more information.
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